Now that Georges St-Pierre has returned and has secured the UFC’s middleweight title, the MMA hive continues to buzz about what the star’s next move. But, during a media call today to discuss GSP’s emphatic win over Michael Bisping last weekend, the legendary fighter was non-committal about his next bout.
Since GSP was never considered to be an overly big welterweight, many have questioned if he’ll stay at 185, and defend the middleweight title. Yes, St-Pierre has reported he’s contractually obligated to defend the belt, but he’s also said ultimately that decision would be up to the fans and Dana White.
Well, during today’s call, St-Pierre was asked about his plans in that respect, and he repeated his contractual obligations. But, the 36 year-old also didn’t explicitly say that he wants to fight the interim champ, Robert Whittaker either (quotes via MMA Junkie):
“(UFC President) Dana White is going to talk with my agent, they’re going to figure it out, and we’ll see after I come back from vacation,” said St-Pierre, when asked if he’d be willing to fight Whittaker at UFC 221, February 11th.
“We’ll see what I want to do and where my head is,” St-Pierre added. “I have no intention of holding onto the belt and freezing the division. That’s not what I want to do. Robert Whittaker is in my contract. If I want to fight again, it has to be against Robert Whittaker at 185 (pounds). That’s in my contract. I cannot, for example, go fight (welterweight champ) Tyron Woodley or go fight another guy.”
So, if you want to read between the lines here, and chances are you do, it kind of sounds like GSP would be open to other possibilities, aside from fighting again at 185. He noted that he doesn’t want to hold up the division, and GSP didn’t talk about wanting to have a run as the middleweight champ. When asked if he might just decide to retire, St-Pierre said he doesn’t know what he plans to do.
Hopefully we learn more about GSP’s next bout, sooner than later. But, even if he does decide to fight Whittaker, it would be kind of surprising if that happens at UFC 221. That’s only three months away.